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Disability Allowance Eligibility

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 4 October 2016

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Questions (261)

Bernard Durkan


261. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the eligibility for disability allowance or invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28112/16]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

There is no record of an application for disability allowance (DA) from the person in question. If the person in question wishes to make an application, she should fully complete and submit an application form (DA1) so that her eligibility may be determined. A form has been posted to the person concerned. If the person in question has submitted an application for DA in the last few days, there is no need to reapply and the Department will be in touch with her in due course.

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay-related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

To qualify for IP claimants must, inter-alia, have at least 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance and 48 contributions paid or credited in the last complete contribution year before the date of their claim. Only PRSI classes A, E or H contributions are reckonable for IP purposes.

According to the Department’s records, it appears that the person concerned does not satisfy the PRSI contribution criteria for IP. However entitlement to IP can be definitively determined if the person concerned provides a completed IP claim.

I hope that clarifies the matter for the Deputy.